Collected Stories of William Faulkner Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is it about Paul de Montigny that makes him an unsuitable boyfriend for Elly?

2. Before he left the tribe, how was Doom treated by the rest of his tribe?

3. How old is the young boy to whom Sam Fathers is telling his life story?

4. What part of the black men's clothing did Lucius Provine burn when he was a child?

5. What crop does the family in "The Tall Men" grow?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens when Flem Snopes attempts to turn his two black co-workers against each other in the story "Centaur in Brass"?

2. Why is Lucius Provine sent to see the Indian doctor while out on a bear hunt?

3. Whom does the desirable woman in "A Courtship" decide to marry, and how does she make her decision?

4. In the story "Lo," why is the president uncomfortable with the Native Americans who come to him for advice?

5. Why do the Indians come to the president's office seeking advice in the story "Lo"?

6. What rumor spreads through town about Minnie Cooper, and how do the townsfolk react in the story "Dry September"?

7. How does Sam Fathers earn his birth name?

8. How does McLendon treat women in the story "Dry September"?

9. Why does Res Grier offer a hound dog to two of his co-workers?

10. How is Sarty involved in his father's death?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Faulkner decides to end his collection with the moving short story "Carcassonne." In it, the body and soul argue about the true form of death. First, describe both the body and the soul's argument as to what death truly is like. Then explain why Faulkner might have chosen to end his collection with this story, and how it unifies the collection as a whole.

Essay Topic 2

"Elly" is a classic story about the struggle between old and young. First, describe the way the elderly are depicted in this story and compare/contrast that to the way youth is depicted in this story. Then explain what caused the rift between Elly and her grandmother. Finally, describe the consequences of Elly's youthful antics on the lives of her loved ones.

Essay Topic 3

"Lo" is the only story that deals with a real, historical character in its depiction of an American president. First, describe the way the president was portrayed in this story. Then compare/contrast our country's leader to the Indian tribe leader in the story. To which group does Faulkner's historical sympathy seem to lie? How can you tell?

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